Posted on: April 30th, 2010 by Jen Mueller

We are different.

That seems obvious enough, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded every once in awhile – especially when you don’t understand why in the world someone would choose a certain hobby, eat an unusual food, or cheer for a particular team or sport.

It hit me today when I was listening to Walter Jones at his retirement press conference.  I was choking back tears at one point as the most dominate left tackle in football said goodbye to the NFL.  At first I felt silly, then I realized that I’ve spent years developing relationships with a lot of athletes, including Walter, why wouldn’t I be a little emotional?   That’s what I love about sports.  The relationships that develop over time, getting to know athletes away from their sport and learning that everyone has a story.  You will have a different take, something else that draws you to a sport or a particular athlete.  Let me tell you a little secret, it’s more like an admission.  My love of Houston Astros baseball started in 1989 thanks to a young third baseman by the name of Ken Caminiti.  He was cute, make that hot and as a preteen and young team, that was enough to get me watching every Astros game I could.  You might know the feeling, or maybe you have a different passion.   Whatever it is, follow it and enjoy – remember we’re all different.

Looking for an interesting point to open the door for a great conversation when you talk about Walter Jones?  Try this – Walter made 180 starts during his NFL career and was penalized 9 times for holding.   Wow!  That’s a conversation starter for sure.